The USS Pope (DE-134) was an Edsall-class destroyer escort laid down on July 14, 1942, and launched on January 12, the following year. It was commissioned on June 25, 1943, under Lt. Comdr. Frederick Sherman Hall’s command with the hull number DE-134 and served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years until it was decommissioned on May 17, 1946. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 209 people on board and had its main missions in Casablanca, Bermuda, French Morocco, Cape May, Mayport, and Norfolk. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on January 2, 1971, and sold for scrapping two years later. For the services brought to the country during World War II, the USS Pope received 3 battle stars and the Presidential Unit Citation. Navy veterans with known past exposure to asbestos are required to have annual training on the health effects and hazards of asbestos exposure. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos while serving aboard the USS Pope (DE-134), you have the legal right to seek financial compensation from asbestos trust funds and apply for VA disability benefits as well.